In geography and politics, a country is a political division. Some of the best-known countries are Germany, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. There are 196 of them in the world, or 195 if Taiwan is not counted as a country.
Most countries in the world are sovereign states, meaning they are independent of each other. The term is most commonly used as both a state and a nation. 193 of the world's countries are part of the United Nations, which recognises lots of countries and other dependent territories.
Montevideo Convention[change | change source]
As defined by Montevideo Convention, a "country" has:
- sovereignty over a geographic area
- a permanent population
- a defined territory
- one government
- enters relations with other states.
References[change | change source]
- "How Many Countries?". infoplease.com. Sandbox Networks, Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Geography Trainer 1.3.5 - Educational game aimed at school children to teach world capitals
- Geography Trainer US States 1.1 game
- List of countries
- Geography Site Country Profiles - Based on the CIA World Factbook
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